Former Windsor Spitfires forward Ben Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.
Johnson, 22, was convicted in early September of raping a then 16-year-old “near comatose” girl in the washroom of Windsor nightclub in 2013. The assault occurred when he was 18 and still playing for the Ontario Hockey League team.
In addition to the prison time the former New Jersey Devils prospect will also have to be registered as a sex offender for the next 20 years and provide a blood sample for a DNA database. He is also prohibited from owning weapons for 10 years.
The maximum sentence for sexual assault is 10 years. The crown had been asking for a jail sentence of between three-and-a-half to four years for the native of Calumet, Michigan.
In addressing the court on Tuesday, Johnson told Superior Court Justice Kirk Monroe that he had grown as a person since the assault and was now a married man. The judge however noted that the sentence had to fit the severity of offence and theRead More »from Former OHLer Ben Johnson sentenced to prison for sexual assault